Murmurations and Visitations: Scarisbrick, 29th-31st December 2019

We left Scotland at about lunchtime on 29th December. It will be almost six months before we return. We took the most direct route according to Google Maps, via Biggar, and the weather was generally pleasant, requiring sunglasses due to the low sun, but it was overcast when we passed through the hills. We were … Continue reading Murmurations and Visitations: Scarisbrick, 29th-31st December 2019

Festive Tits and Other Wildlife: Inverness, 21st-23rd December 2019

This winter's world tour begins with a tour of grandsons and other relatives. From the ferry's arrival in Aberdeen we headed towards Inverness and, with check-in at the hotel not until after two, we went overland. It was still dark as we proceeded up Donside but gradually the light seeped across the frosty, calm landscape … Continue reading Festive Tits and Other Wildlife: Inverness, 21st-23rd December 2019

Prelude to Departure: Unst, Shetland, 6th-20th December 2019

The Goshawk reappeared at the end of my stay on Foula, hunger presumably driving it out again; it was seen feeding on a Merlin! I looked for it on the Saturday but there was no sign, although it was a beautiful calm day with five European White-fronted Geese, a Pink-footed Goose, a Little Grebe, three … Continue reading Prelude to Departure: Unst, Shetland, 6th-20th December 2019

Political Interlude: Friday 13th, a Horror Story

Friday the 13th. I suppose it never promised to be an auspicious day. It became the first day of an elected Johnson government. The largest Conservative majority since … I’m sorry, I can’t bear to look up the facts, they are too depressing and, anyway, we are post-fact; facts don’t matter anymore. This evening was … Continue reading Political Interlude: Friday 13th, a Horror Story

Never Say Never Again: Foula, Shetland, 28th November to 6th December 2019

Never Say Never Again was the title of a Bond film released in 1983. It was not part of the official Bond canon as, although it starred Sean Connery, the official Bond at the time was Roger Moore. Connery was, however, persuaded to appear in the film, effectively a remake of the 1965 film Thunderball, … Continue reading Never Say Never Again: Foula, Shetland, 28th November to 6th December 2019